First of all I would like to give praises to H.I.M. Jah Rastafari
"For unto us a child is born,unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."
"And one of the elders saith unto me, weep not: behold,the lion of the tribe of judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof"
Rastafari(anism) is not only a "religion" but a way of life wich was founded in the thirties by a group of Garveyites, followers of Marcus Garvey's "back to Africa" theory (i.e. "Marcus Garvey biography") ,in Jamaica.It is referred to as some as a mix of the purest forms of christianity and judaism, wich is somewhat evident in its philosiphy. We Believe H.I.M. Haile Selassie I, Lion of the conquering tribe of judah, is an avatar (God on earth in human form)the name rastafari comes from Haile sellasie's name before he became king, Ras ,meaning Prince,and Tafari Makonnen,being his name.
Rastafari is a way of life that teaches Inity(unity) and love among all. A vital part of rastafari belief's is repatriation, or "back to africa" as marcus garvey taught. We believe in the divinity of selassie because of the verse above, revelations 22, and many other references. The reason the verse above is significant is because some of the titles of Selassie were "Root of david" and "lion of the conquering tribe of judah". He was also a direct descendant of King David of isreal (wich is related to isaiah 9:6-7). But Rastafarianism isnt all about peace. Rasta is about JUSTICE, and the freedom of black people , and opressed people, worldwide, it is about the freedom from mental slavery, the freedom from economic slavery, and about freeing africa from babylon's rule.